Must a novel be classified in only one genre?

Photo by Ksenia Chernaya on Pexels.com “Life is more than one genre.” – Juliette Power The inspirational author Juliette Power has lived a life that one could say encompasses many “genres.” She could be labelled with one or all of them – high school dropout, teen runaway, child of suicide, factory worker, world traveler, memoir… Continue reading Must a novel be classified in only one genre?

Age, Beauty, and Writing Older Characters

"Age before beauty." -- unknown source Photo by Edu Carvalho on Pexels.com You’ve probably heard that saying a hundred times. If you’re on the “age” spectrum of the phrase, perhaps, some younger person has uttered the statement as they allowed you to go ahead in line at a grocery store. On the other hand, if… Continue reading Age, Beauty, and Writing Older Characters

Does a Children’s Book Need a Happy Ending?

“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.” -- Orson Welles Photo by Mary Taylor on Pexels.com After many hours of worry and rewriting, I finally finished the first draft of my middle reader novel, Sarah Finn. Much of the anxiety and editing involved in coming to… Continue reading Does a Children’s Book Need a Happy Ending?

The Alchemy of Reading Your Words Aloud

To be a better writer, read your words aloud. -- Mohsin Hamid reading at the Kolb Canyon Review's release party (masked and social distanced, of course!) Sometimes writing can be such a solitary effort -- hitting the keys of your computer, alone in a space of quiet. Words roaming from place to place within your… Continue reading The Alchemy of Reading Your Words Aloud